Burnbrae staff member’s kitchen creativity helps resident enjoy Christmas present

Janet McInroy’s pureed dessert leaves chocolate lover with a big smile

Burnbrae Gardens nutritional care aide Janet McInroy recently made one chocolate-loving resident’s day when she made sure he could enjoy a chocolate bar he received as a Christmas present. Read more

High school’s secret Santa program thrills Burnbrae residents at Christmas

Burnbrae Gardens resident Dorothy Saltern is seen here receiving her gift from a group of “Santas” from Campbellford District High School.

Students visit home to give gifts

For the third straight year, Burnbrae Gardens residents were visited by a group of gift-bearing Santas from Campbellford District High School at Christmas. Read more

For 25 years of service to Burnbrae Gardens, all Debbie Meiklejohn wanted was a cake

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Environmental services staff member honoured for dedication to residents and colleagues

After 25 years of service to Burnbrae Gardens, Debbie Meiklejohn only wanted one thing: a chocolate cake. Read more

Cotton-candy sale raises $144 for Burnbrae Gardens’ BSO program

Burnbrae Gardens administrator/life enrichment co-ordinator April Faux (left) and dietary aide Janet McInroy (right) are seen here during the Campbellford long-term care home's Nov. 9 cotton-candy fundraiser. The event raised $144 for the home's BSO program.

Burnbrae Gardens administrator/life enrichment co-ordinator April Faux (left) and dietary aide Janet McInroy (right) are seen here during the Campbellford long-term care home’s Nov. 9 cotton-candy fundraiser. The event raised $144 for the home’s BSO program.

Money raised will be put towards buying new supplies

Burnbrae Gardens whipped up support for its Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team on Nov. 9 with a cotton-candy sale that raised $144. Read more

A soldier’s memories: Burnbrae Gardens resident recounts his military service

Burnbrae Gardens resident Phillip Ash is pictured here in his uniform in front of the memorial the home has created for Remembrance Day.

Burnbrae Gardens resident Phillip Ash is pictured here in his uniform in front of the memorial the home has created for Remembrance Day.

Phillip Ash served a combined 42 years in the army and Veterans Affairs Canada

Burnbrae Gardens resident Phillip Ash has dedicated his life to military service. This is evidenced by his medals that are so numerous they barely fit onto the uniform he proudly wears. Read more

Burnbrae residents catch Olympic fever

Decked out in red and white, Burnbrae Gardens residents are seen here cheering on Canada while watching the Olympics on TV.

Decked out in red and white, Burnbrae Gardens residents are seen here cheering on Canada while watching the Olympics on TV.

Staff members’ ingenuity brings out spirit of Summer Games

Burnbrae Gardens residents displayed their national pride on Sunday by getting decked out in Canada’s national colours of red and white and waving the Maple Leaf as they cheered on the country’s Olympic athletes. Read more

OMNI homes ensuring quality resident experiences

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Recent stories showcase the variety of ways quality of life is heightened every day

Promoting quality in OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes is not just about delivery of the best care possible, it’s also about the resident experience. Read more

VIDEO: Have a dance party or a quality meeting? Check out this week’s quality skits!

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To have a dance party or a quality meeting? This is the question a puppet named Reta Rector asked during OMNI Health Care’s manager’s forum. Read more

103-year-old Burnbrae Gardens resident helps trim branches outside her room

Burnbrae Gardens resident Madeline McCarthy helps maintenance manager Harrison Montgomery trim branches in a bush in the yard of the Campbellford long-term care home.

Burnbrae Gardens resident Madeline McCarthy helps maintenance manager Harrison Montgomery trim branches in a bush in the yard of the Campbellford long-term care home.

‘I can see outside better now,’ says Madeline McCarthy

Madeline McCarthy can see much better out of the window in her room at Burnbrae Gardens, now that she has helped trim bushes in the Campbellford long-term care home’s yard that were obstructing her view.

The 103-year-old resident at the Campbellford long-term care home approached staff members recently and told them about the offending branches and offered to help maintenance manager Harrison Montgomery prune them.

So, that’s what the two did last Thursday morning. Madeline told staff they’d need a wheelbarrow and hedge clippers to do the job, so everything was organized for them. The pair went outside, and Madeline held the branches while Harrison cut them with hedge clippers.

“She was really excited to be able to go outside and help Harrison,” administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator April Faux tells The OMNIway.

“Madeline is always in her room, reading her books and looking out the window, so it’s important for her to be able to see outside.”

Madeline, an avid gardener all her life, was more than happy to help. And she enjoys being active and doing things for herself – she once fixed the roof of her house when she was in her 80s.

“She is a determined lady,” April says.

Madeline says she was glad to help trim the hedges and is once again enjoying the view.

“I can see outside better now – and (the trimmed branches) look good,” she says.

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Burnbrae working to strengthen BSO team

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‘Excited’ interdepartmental team attends workshop

A group of team members from Burnbrae Gardens recently attended a Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) workshop to support the home’s BSO team development. Read more